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University's Stanley Picker Gallery awarded prestigious funding

Posted Monday 4 April 2011

A Day in the Life of Ernesto Bones by Ab Rogers Design, current exhibition at the Stanley Picker GalleryArts Council England has named the University's Stanley Picker Gallery as one of just a handful of new London arts organisations to receive funding under its new National Portfolio Funding programme.

Under the scheme, the gallery, based at the University's Knights Park Campus, will receive core funding for three years from 2012. Previously, the Stanley Picker Gallery has secured Arts Council England funding on a project-by-project basis.

One of 34 arts organisations to join the funding programme for the very first time, the Stanley Picker Gallery is best known for its interdisciplinary programme of art and design commissions. Gallery Director David Falkner said the decision was a massive vote of confidence and a great recognition of the gallery's work building an audience in South West London for the venue's challenging and experimental programme.

In the Space of Elsewhere curated by Deborah Smith, Stanley Picker Fellow Fine Art (2008).  Photo Ellie Laycock"It is so vital that art and design practitioners are given the best possible opportunities to make ambitious new work, and it is fantastic that we will be able to keep supporting them in this way," he said. "This grant will ensure that we can sustain the level of our commissioning programme, whilst developing and exploring new forms of engagement between the gallery and our local, regional and national communities."

Moira Sinclair, London Executive Director of the Arts Council, said the funding decisions have been shaped by the organisation's 10-year strategy for the arts. "We have not forgotten that our remit is critically about audiences. We have chosen to support strong outer London venues, such as Artsdepot, Redbridge Drama Centre and new entrants Stanley Picker Gallery."

Many other arts organisations have had their funding reduced or cut entirely. Overall, the number of organisations the Council supports in London fell from 275 to 250. 

Read an Evening Standard article about the latest round of Arts Council funding.

International Orange by Ben Kelly in Collaboration (2009). Photo Ellie Laycock

For more information on the Gallery or to check out its current exhibition, visit www.stanleypickergallery.org

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